#LisaThompson, #Ontario'sEducationQualityandAccountabilityOfficeresults, #teachers'participationintraining #consultingparents
Ottawa, Aug 29 (Canadian-Media): An investment of $55 million to invest Ontario district school boards to support math facilitators was announced today by Ontario Education Minister, Lisa Thompson, media reports said.
Students' math performance in today's Ontario's release of Assessment results of provincial Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) once again was below standards.
For the last five years, said Thompson, EQAO math scores had declined and added,
"Half of Ontario's Grade 6 students have failed to meet the provincial standard for math. And by the time our students get to Grade 9, more than half of them taking the applied math courses are failing to make the grade."
The previous government failed in experimental curriculum called "Discovery Math", said Thompson adding that the present government had made changes to improved methods of teaching.
A new teacher's guide and parent fact sheet had been released yesterday to help both teachers and parents to focus on student learning on traditional formulas and memorization techniques.
Teachers' participation reportedly in training and learning focused on the fundamentals of math would be encouraged.
Consultations will be held with parents this September to discuss a variety of topics that will help inform changes to the mathematics curriculum.
"Our government believes that by getting back to the basics we're ensuring our students are leaders in math education once again. We are committed to ensuring students have the skills they need to be successful in their future," said Thompson.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#not-for-profitorganizations, #unemployedpost-secondarygraduates; #DigitalSkillsforYouth; #Navdeep Bains; #Youth Employment Strategy
Ottawa, Aug 3 (Canadian-Media): The federal government of Canada would provide over 1,200 paid internships to unemployed post-secondary graduates by pairing them with small businesses or not-for-profit organizations, media reports said.
The organizations involved in recruiting these interns would include: Canadian Media Producers Association, Colleges and Institutes Canada, the Ontario Library Association, Communautique, the Pinnguaq Association, the University of Calgary, the Vancouver Community Network, the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Province of Prince Edward Island.
The internships are being offered through Digital Skills for Youth, a program which helps recent unemployed graduates gain meaningful work experience and the digital skills, as well as problem-solving skills needed for the jobs of today and of the future.
"As the economy changes and becomes increasingly knowledge-based, digital skills have never been more critical...will help 1,200 Canadians gain meaningful work experience and develop digital literacy required for the middle-class jobs of tomorrow,” Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development said.
Internships under Digital Skills for Youth will be available until March 31, 2020.
Digital Skills for Youth, part of the government’s Youth Employment Strategy, aligns with the government’s Innovation and Skills Plan, a multi-year plan aiming to make Canada a world leader in innovation and create well-paying middle-class jobs.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#DougFord; #PCs, #newsex-educationcurriculum; #PeterTabuns; #KateCurtis
Toronto, Jul 17 (Canadian-Media): in an attempt to quell concerns over his government’s controversial decision to scrap the updated lesson plan, Ontario Premier Doug Ford said Tuesday that People across Ontario will be consulted before a new sex-education curriculum is drafted, media reports said.
The education minister's statement in the legislature that concepts like gender identity, consent and cyber safety would still be taught in the fall only to backtrack on her comments hours later.
This led to the newly elected Progressive Conservatives (PCs) being accused of flip-flopping on the issue Monday.
When Ford pledged to repeal and replace the curriculum, which the Liberals updated in 2015, it sparked anger from some teachers and parents who say that document was outdated.
“We’re going to hit 124 ridings,” he said, calling it “the largest consultation ever in Ontario’s history when it comes to education.”
Ford also attempted to allay concerns from critics that reverting back to the old curriculum means important issues like cyber safety, gender identity and consent wont’ be taught, putting children at risk.
“I think everyone is going to be pleasantly surprised,” he said. “I really do. I don’t think this is the end of the world. I think it’s actually healthy. When it comes to teaching our kids, we have to consult with the parents.”
Ford’s opposition to the new sex-ed curriculum during the PC leadership race earlier this year got him the support of social conservatives within the party base.
Ontario's New Democratic Party (NDP) legislator Peter Tabuns said the reason the Ford government is replacing the curriculum is to please social conservatives.
“Look at who (Premier Ford’s) backers are,” he said. “We’re talking about some very deeply conservative, social conservative thinkers who think we should be back in the 19th century or earlier.”
Going backwards, Tabuns said, puts children at risk.
Meanwhile, a group of teachers have started an online pledge form, urging fellow educators to sign up and promise to continue to teach the updated version of the curriculum in their classrooms this fall.
Kate Curtis, speaking for the group who created the pledge, said the teachers are acting out of a sense of moral and ethical duty to their students.
“We as teachers know that we have a professional and ethical obligation to make sure that our students are safe, that they feel included both in our classrooms and also that they’re reflected in the curriculum.”
Curtis said the 1998 curriculum does not reflect the reality of a teenager’s life in 2018 and does not accurately reference cyber safety, consent or gender identity.
“The world has changed immensely in the last 20 years,” she said. “Students are reflecting that change at school … we really have to reflect that.”
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#InnovationEconomy, #DigitalLiteracyDay, #CityofToronto; #MichelleHolland, #VickeryBowles,
#TorontoPublicLibrary; #TorontoReferenceLibrary; #DigitalInnovationHubs; #RyersonUniversity, #TDSB, #OntarioScienceCentre, #NewSTEMInitiative, #HillcrestCommunityPublicSchool; #AnthonyLevy, #DavResnick; #GoggleCanada, #SladjanaJovanovic; #NavidNathoo; #NadeemNathoo; #JodiKovitz; #CanadaLearningCode, #ThompsonReuters; DigitalLiteracyforSeniors; #CyberSecurity
Toronto, May 31 (Canadian-Media): First Toronto Digital Literacy day was officially launched at the Toronto Reference Library at 10 a.m. to 11:30 am by Councillor City of Toronto's Advocate for the Innovation Economy, Michelle Holland (Ward 35 Scarborough Southwest), joined by Vickery Bowles, City Librarian at Toronto Public Library, and event partners, media reports said.
First Digital Literacy Day/Facebook
More than 110 free events and workshops for all ages are being celebrated by the City of Toronto and Toronto Public Library collaborating with a diverse group of more than 35 local companies and organizations to produce and host digital literacy themed events throughout the cities.
More information about Digital Literacy Day which included a schedule of events is available at http://www.toronto,ca/DLDayTO as well as #DLDayTO on Twitter and Instagram.
A Grade 8 Toronto District School Board (TDSB) student also spoke at the launch.
About 400 students gathered to hear from Principal Anthony Levy, Dav Resnick (Head of Automotive Industry at Goggle Canada), Sladjana Jovanovic (VP, Online Channel Technology at TD Bank), Navid Nathoo and Nadeem Nathoo (Founders of TKS, Canada's leading innovation Program for Youth), Jodi Kovitz (Founder & CEO of #movethedial) and some incredible youth tech leaders.
Teaching Kids to Code event sponsored by Canada Learning Code, Thompson Reuters was held at Thomson Reuters Technology Centre, Bay Adlelaide Centre, 333 Bay St, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Digital Literacy for Seniors, Online Banking and Shopping Security on the Internet, for the 50-plus was presented by CARP and TD Bank at Ontario Trade and Investment Centre, Main Theatre Room, 50 Yonge St., 35th Floor.
Two sessions were held: 1st from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 2nd session was held from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Trending Topics in Cyber Security was presented by Northeastern University-Toronto in collaboration with North of 41 at First Canadian Place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Canada Learning Code presented this event, with the help of volunteers from the Thomson Reuters Technology Centre, and both hosted over 100 Toronto-area school kids in a fun filled day that teaches young children how to code.
Technologies from Toronto Public Library’s Digital Innovation Hubs including virtual reality and robotics demonstrations alongside 3D printers and displays from a selection of the event partners including Ryerson University, TDSB, Ontario Science Centre and STEAMLabs were showcased in this event.
Reporting by Asha Bajaj
#InnovationEconomy, #DigitalLiteracyDay, #CityofToronto; #MichelleHolland, #VickeryBowles, #TorontoPublicLibrary; #TorontoReferenceLibrary; #DigitalInnovationHubs; #RyersonUniversity, #TDSB, #OntarioScienceCentre, #STEAMLabs
Toronto, May 30 (Canadian-Media): Councillor City of Toronto's Advocate for the Innovation Economy, Michelle Holland (Ward 35 Scarborough Southwest), will be joined by Vickery Bowles, City Librarian at Toronto Public Library, and event partners to launch Digital Literacy Day on May 31, from 10 a.m to 11:30 a.m, at Toronto Reference Library Atrium, media reports said.
Toronto is celebrating its first Digital Literacy Day on May 31 with more than 110 free events and workshops for all ages.
Digital Literacy Day/Facebook
This day is the result of collaboration of City of Toronto and the Toronto Public Library with a diverse group of more than 35 local companies and organizations to produce and host digital literacy themed events throughout the city.
A Grade 8 Toronto District School Board (TDSB) student will also speak at the launch.
Technologies from Toronto Public Library’s Digital Innovation Hubs including virtual reality and robotics demonstrations alongside 3D printers and displays from a selection of the event partners including Ryerson University, TDSB, Ontario Science Centre and STEAMLabs will be shocased in this event.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#UniversityofToronto, #UofT, #PJCarefoote; #MiddleAges; #WilliamCaxton, #MarcusTulliusCicero, #ThomasFisherRareBookLibrary; #RenaissanceandtheReformation; #WilliamShakespeare
Toronto, Apr 23, (Canadian-Media): The oldest English-language book in Canada, a 15th century text that introduced ancient ideas to new audiences is now owned by The University of Toronto, media reports said.
The book, reportedly was published in 1481 by William Caxton, the first person to print English language books, is an English translation of essays by Roman politician Marcus Tullius Cicero, "De amicitia" (Of Friendship) and "De senectute" (Of Old Age).
The printed text, now part of the collection at the university's Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, reportedly carries the first translation of classical texts to English, said PJ Carefoote, the university's interim head of rare books and special collections.
Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library/Facebook
"A book like this is part of that whole transition that's going to bring western society out of the Middle Ages into what we now call the modern era, with the Renaissance and the Reformation," said Carefoote.
"It's an important text from the point of view of what it does for reviving learning in the west, that people now have access to something like Cicero ... in their own tongue."
The book printed by Caxton discusses the ideas of old age and friendship and links the two concepts.
Printed English books from that period, said Carefoot were hard to come by because of their significance to the history of the language.
PJ Carefoote/Facebook page
Caxton's books, Carefoote explained, translated established languages like Greek and Latin and were produced in large numbers to help standardize English at a time when it was a new language with varying dialects, .
"When Caxton, this printer, comes along and starts translating works ... multiple copies of an English language (book) -- and he chooses specifically the London dialect -- are being spread across England," he said.
"English starts to become English, it starts to unify."
Carefoote was reportedly contacted by a book dealer last year about the Caxton text and donations from the public helped the university acquire the book.
The way the book is written means it may not be easy for a first-time reader to immediately understand, said Carefoote.
"It's kind of like reading Shakespeare for the first time -- it takes a little bit of time," said Carefoote, who added that the font can also be difficult to understand at first.
"People look at it and say 'oh, I'm not going to be able to read that,' and I say just look at it for five minutes, and they all say that after you get used to the form, you read it like anything else."
Having the book at the University of Toronto would be a great resource to students in the book history and print culture program to learn about the origins of technology and culture.
Several other departments were also reportedly interested in the text.
The book also marks the Fisher library's 15 millionth book, which Carefoote said was just a happy coincidence.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#Ottawa, #Ontario, #Canada, #cannabislawcourse, #AdamDodek, #CanopyGrowth
Ottawa, Apr 15 (Canadian-Media): Starting next year two new cannabis law course would be offered by University of Ottawa (U of O), the first Canadian university to offer this course, media reports said.
Adam Dodek, the school's dean law faculty said these course were necessary to prepare the future lawyers with the long term effects forthcoming legalization of marijuana would have.
As well, Dodek said, these courses would prepare the students to have solid understanding of how workplaces, condominium boards and criminal law would be affected by marijuana's legalization.
"We felt this is one of the biggest changes that will impact Canadian society and law over the course of the [next] few decades," he said in an interview with CBC."We are trying to very much respond to the public's needs and the needs of the next generation of lawyers."
Adam Dodek/Facebook page
The new courses will be taught by two lawyers who have been working on cannabis law. and will be offered both in English and French.
The school's partnership with Canopy Growth, the cannabis producer, would facilitate students to tour the company's facilities.
Dodek said it was also important for the students to understand how the law affects impaired driving cases.
"We know that drinking and driving is one of the most heavily tested areas in the criminal justice system, and we don't expect it will be any different for driving under the influence of cannabis."
Dodek admitted that it would be a challenge for the professors teaching the courses to adapt the curriculum to constantly evolving law.
"This is an area where we will be teaching in real time," he said. "And that is often one of the most exciting and challenging things to do."
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#OntarioConfederationofUniversityFacultyAssociations, #OCUFA, #GyllianPhillips, #Ontario, #Canada, #MissionResearch
Ottawa, Apr 4 (Canadian-Media): A new poll done for the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) revealed that 60 percent of Ontario university-bound students in aged 15 to 17 were worried about getting well-paid, full-time job after graduating, media reports said.
More than 70 percent students preferred to have full-time professors with secure positions and benefits than a contract professor.
“Our members [and Ontarians alike] are clearly in favour of professors with full-time, secure employment, with the same pay as everyone else and benefits,” said Gyllian Phillips, president of OCUFA.
"One very significant finding, especially in the southwest region, is that 95 per cent of Ontarians feel that universities need to be model employers," said Phillips.
Phillips said she was concerned about number of professors on contract and added,
“Recent data suggests that more than 50 per cent of courses taught in Ontario universities are taught...by people working on short-term contracts with a fraction of the wages with no access to benefits and no job security,” she said.
Phillips said in some cases, it was essential to have courses taught by contract workers.
“Obviously, we would definitely see that sort of practical component as always being an important part of the university,” she said.
“It’s the creep into these other disciplines and just the overall increase of courses taught by contract faculty that is the major concern,” said Phillips.
The data was compiled by Mission Research and involved just over 2,000 online interviews drawn from a random sample of Ontarians age 15 and older.
Ontario has the lowest per student funding in Canada, said Phillips and added the funding challenges were contributing to universities turning to contract faculty but "it can't be good for the future of education".
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)